When an incident occurs that can potentially endanger County residents or pose an imminent threat to life and/or personal safety, immediate emergency notification to the community in the affected area is imperative. Previously, this required people to register for warnings and alerts through CodeRed. As of February 1, 2024,the Grant County Office of Emergency Management is moving forward with use of the IPAWS -Integrated Public Alert & Warning System | FEMA.gov. IPAWS is a tool developed through FEMA that allows public safety agencies to notify the public of disasters and deliver emergency and public safety notifications. IPAWS allows for notifications to be sent to every cell phone in designated areas or the entire County, as well as potential activation of other broadcasts. Most importantly, it doesn't require people to register in advance. You might have received a specific type of IPAWS alert in the past - the Amber Alert that is sent when a child is missing and endangered. Use of the IPAWS system in the County will continue to increase and be used to notify residents and visitors about potentially life-threatening emergencies and any preparations and actions they may need to take. The new capabilities will work in conjunction with the existing emergency alert system, CodeRED.
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email, and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system.
Any message regarding the safety, property, or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. These may include AMBER alerts, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories, or evacuation notices.